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THE PURGE -- "Grief Box" Episode 204 -- Pictured: Joel Allen as Ben -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network) THE PURGE -- "Grief Box" Episode 204 -- Pictured: Joel Allen as Ben -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

The Purge

The Purge Season 2 Episode 4 Recap: Ben spirals willingly on ‘Grief Box’

Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network



The Purge’s latest chapter “Grief Box” examines the act of Purging causing a spiraling addiction to violence rather than the NFFA’s promise of release. Its lead case study? Ben [Joel Allen].

This recap contains spoilers for The Purge Season 2 Episode 4 (“Grief Box”).

Ben shows no signs of turning back or having any desire to do so post unauthorized mid-year Purge (read: murder). Instead of regret over the farm incident, the troubled Ben is slowly but surely giving fully in to his newly awakened primal urges to maim and hurt. Taking control of his victimizer’s ‘God’ mask has Ben walking in his shoes, doing his perceived deeds, almost living a day by day tribute to the man. Any chance at straying from this path ended when Ben met another Purger at a local weaponry shop.

For the first time, Ben admitted to Purging but was told he doesn’t have to say it in a whisper. Unlike the others that surround Ben in his daily life, this Purger was on the same wave length, speaking proudly of revenge and lists. Feeling a sense of comfort and camaraderie, Ben would invite the stranger for a house drinking party on ‘Remembrance Day.’

During the party he would be semi-frat bullied by the ‘brother’ who left him for dead back on Purge night. Ben’s new pal was beside himself that Ben hadn’t already been scheming to waste him next Purge night for his betrayal. He mentioned how he never forgets misdeeds done to him during the year and fantasizes about his eventual revenge… Ben seemed to agree, embracing the concept.

Ever the impatient one, Ben watched his theoretical prey head up the stairs after bothering a girl. Instead of waiting for Purge night, Ben would look to get his vengeance then and there. He went up the stairs to find his ‘friend’ sobbing while looking at a Purge remembrance box as he took out a hunting knife. Suddenly, Ben received a real apology, stifling his thirst for violence. His friend spoke about recently losing his brother. How he imagines his brother suffered the fate Ben could have, being left alone, everyday… And he can’t forgive himself for ditching Ben like that. That they should have never gone out on Purge night. Ben decided to put the knife back in his pocket and spare him, making up a story about cutting fruit with it when questioned.

However, Ben’s desire to Purge could not be quenched… A anti-Purge party goer who told him he’s on the wrong side of history became the new prey. He put his hood up, donned the ‘God’ mask, and followed the anti-NFFA, anti-Purge party-goer when credits rolled. Leaving a ‘Will he actually do it?’ cliffhanger.

Marcus’ paranoia has him turning to Ivory Road

THE PURGE -- "Grief Box" Episode 204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rochelle Aytes as Michelle Moore, Derek Luke as Marcus Moore -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Grief Box” Episode 204 — Pictured: (l-r) Rochelle Aytes as Michelle Moore, Derek Luke as Marcus Moore — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Marcus Moore’s [Derek Luke] past was explored on the latest Purge episode, including a prior failed relationship before Michelle was in the picture. Desiring an opportunity to get a way from it all after his girlfriend was almost murdered in front of him on a prior Purge night (from a community local no less)… Marcus detailed plans to move to a new house and detach from their community but his girlfriend wanted none of it… And none of Marcus either, as the plan had her send him off packing on civil terms. Marcus would return to his old neighborhood, in the hopes of finding the person who called a hit on him, to no avail.

He confronted a friend based a flag emblem and similar car to his would-be Purger but it was the wrong individual. Instead Marcus embarrassed himself and exposed his real reasoning for arriving. It wasn’t about old friends. Not to mention, adding a friend to a list of future revenge suspects come next Purge. Michelle [Rochelle Aytes] seems uneasy about his search but it’s not obvious to the audience why as of yet.

Marcus would logon on Ivory Road, inspired by a now defunct service that used to start with Silk on the dark regions of the internet. He asked the question point blank, ‘Who wanted me Purged?’ offering ‘$$$ or pharma’ in return for information. No dialing back the clock now, no turning back for Marcus.

Esme Carmona’s lost sister

THE PURGE -- "Grief Box" Episode 204 -- Pictured: Paola Nunez as Esme Carmona -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Grief Box” Episode 204 — Pictured: Paola Nunez as Esme Carmona — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Esme [Paola Núñez] had her world turned upside down when she was given a case study on Purging spiking an addiction to more violence rather than a yearly release. After discovering a list of deceased, she headed down to find a girl named ‘Olivia,’ using her NFFA credentials to go inside her apartment. Olivia was found with her wrists slit in a bathtub, presumably a suicide. However, Esme noticed an open window, and felt she’d been murdered. The detective on the scene did not believe Esme’s theory but agreed to wait for Esme’s video footage analysis. However, Esme’s video feed was cut off.

Upon calling the detective she was told the corner had ruled the case a suicide and to let it go… That he knows the situation is touchy because of what happened to her sister. Esme, asked how the detective knew about her sister and he again said the case is closed and hung up. It was then revealed Esme’s boss was watching her on a live feed on his computer. He’s onto her. Are Esme’s NFFA days numbered?

Ryan Grant’s Heist

On the other side of town, Ryan Grant [Max Martini] hatched a pre-Purge scheme to steal millions from a bank. He utilized his connections on the force to see the jailed Tommy Ortiz [Jonathan Medina] to assist. He provided a name, one he said can’t hold a secret. A loose speaker. Ryan spoke to the contact anyway, promising a cut with strings attached. If he screws his team in anyway, Ryan will ‘kill him.’ Is the warning enough to stop the heist from leaking?

Be sure to watch my interviews with The Purge’s Paola Núñez as well as James Roland & Krystal Houghton Ziv (The Purge’s Executive Producers/Writers).

Nir Regev is the founder of The Natural Aristocrat. You can directly contact him at for coverage consideration, interview opportunties, or general comments.


The Purge

The Purge Season 2 Episode 5 Review: House of Mirrors is Action-packed



THE PURGE -- "House of Mirrors" Episode 205 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chelle Ramos as Sara Williams, Max Martini as Ryan Grant -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)
Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network

The Purge’s latest episode “House of Mirrors” opened strong off the bat tonight and kept the crescendo of madness-filled rage amplified from start to finish. Ben’s dorm scene, surreal in modern times.

This review contains spoilers for USA Network’s The Purge Season 2 Episode 5.

The Purge delievered in spades tonight, not letting the foot of the gas for a single minute of running time. An entertaining heist gone wrong leading to a good old fashioned Western standoff combined with a barrage of revelations and insanity. From ‘Esme’ Esméralda locking her father out to consciously perish during one Purge night… To Ben viciously stabbing his new pal on impulse after revealing he was behind the murder of a certain farmer on the news. The cinematography work of Ben rushing back into a University dorm after his psychotic actions really left you with a strange, unexplainable feeling.

The whole moment when Ben discovered his Purging friend was not exactly down with ‘Purging’ in other times was monumentally tense and well done. Ben went into pure fight or flight mode instantly and chose both. The only person he thought understood the new him, became a liability instantly.

I interviewed actress Paola Nuñez recently and she mentioned Esme’s sister having a lot to do with Esme joining the NFFA. Tonight it was revealed what Nuñez meant but it also cast Esme as something else entirely. She’s not just a pure hearted individual looking out for her sister. Despite saving her sister from her father’s drinking… The way Esme locked the door on him on Purge night as he pleaded with her to let him in was pure savagery. She listened as a gang murdered her father, and tears or not, did nothing to rescue him. No longer can Esme be looked at as some kind of sheep in wolf’s (NFFA) clothing.

The Purge Starts off with a big time opening scene

THE PURGE — “House of Mirrors” Episode 205 — Pictured: Purge Tourists — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

The Purge opened strong tonight and with a fresh concept, Purge tourism. An as of yet, unexplored intriguing part of the franchise. Purge Pamphlets were given out presumably in a Brazil travel office by the Portuguese spoken. One sister seemed more keen on the idea than the other, playing the reluctant ‘I don’t want to Purge sister.’ Then suddenly, when the Purge-happy sister left the room briefly, the other sister inquired about refunds for a return ticket that wouldn’t be used… If you get the drift!

Credit to the show for going the extra mile on the Ivory Road concept… One that actually did exist in real life once upon a time for those unaware. It’s utilization by Marcus with The Purge’s open market has been exceptionally fascinating.

Ominous missteps

THE PURGE — “House of Mirrors” Episode 205 — Pictured: Max Martini as Ryan Grant — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Hints of failure for Ryan’s heist first became apparent when Tommy’s insider was living up to his bad reputation. Bringing a weapon with approval, temporarily distracting Ryan and Sara. The insider would later meet his brutal end, after getting too greedy.

Tense Questioning

THE PURGE — “House of Mirrors” Episode 205 — Pictured: Jaren Mitchell as Doug Vargas — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Doug Vargas being questioned for keeping his car running felt notably tense. Viewers honestly didn’t know if he was about to be beat up by security or worse… Or let go, scot free. It could have gone either way.

Heist’s failure leads to making a deal with the devil

THE PURGE — “House of Mirrors” Episode 205 — Pictured: Chelle Ramos as Sara Williams — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

One of the best parts of tonight’s episode was Ryan trying to sneak a peek at who had just entered the house… Only for the door to creek and alert the armed residents of their existence. It’s not too often TV Shows still pay attention to audio work in such a detailed, precise manner and it was great to see her. Ryan’s pained face at the audible noise said it all.

It was then Ryan Grant realized the whole plan had gone down the drain. He called his last ace… A former crooked police chief/boss he once quit on based over principle. Breaking a deal for a cut of his planned grand larceny. However, now Ryan’s back to informing his old boss of every move he takes. Trapped in freedom.

The Purge Season 2 Episode 5 Review:
8.1 Score

Be sure to check out a recap of last week’s Purge episode and catch up on the series!

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